July 19, 2024
Pidigan, Abra — PDRRMC photo

Ten died, six were injured, and six are still missing when Typhoon Egay battered Northern Luzon on July 26 to 27.

Reports from various sources also stated close to 50,000 households representing close to 190,000 individuals in the Cordillera were affected by the typhoon that caused flooding and landslides in the region.

Benguet recorded six deaths and four injured.

Bengued, Abra — PDRRMC photo
Pudtol, Apayao — LGU photo

The four fatalities, including a two-year-old child and two injured, belong to a household that was buried by a landslide in Abatan, Buguias on July 26.

A 41-year-old female was first reported missing in Barangay Poblacion, Kibungan after she was seen cleaning a pigpen when the landslide occurred also on July 26. The search and rescue team was able to recover a part of her body and are still recovering the others.

Another casualty was recorded in Gumatdang, Itogon, a male victim who perished due to a landslide while responding to a couple who were also caught in a landslide on July 27.

Rescue operation in Bangued, Abra
Pudtol, Apayao — PDRRMC photo

The other two injured were from Tublay and Bakun.

Around 334 households or 1,195 individuals in Benguet were affected.

Baguio City recorded one death involving a 16-year-old student of Pines City National High School, who was trapped inside his room when a landslide hit their house in Baka-keng Central on July 26. The victim’s parents were retrieved alive by the rescuers.

Itogon, Benguet — Itogon MDRRMC photo
Beneco crew in Baguio

Around 480 households or 1,921 individuals in Baguio were affected.

Mountain Province recorded one death involving a 38-year-old resident of Sadanga who was caught in a landslide in Bontoc.

More than 350 households or 1,100 individuals were also affected in Mountain Province.

Kalinga reported no casualties but landslides were recorded in sitio Sesec-an, spanning the area from Talalang to Balbalasang in Balbalan town.

Bonifacio Street, Baguio City
Besao, Mountain Province — PIA-CAR photo

Five individuals were also rescued on July 26 when they were stranded due to the swelling of the Chico River while 217 households were affected.

The local government units of Mountain Province and Kalinga issued warnings to the public not to go near the raging Chico River, at the height of the storm.

Gen. Lim Street, Baguio City
Beneco’s charging station

As of July 27, search and rescue operations are ongoing to locate six individuals reported missing following a landslide in an unidentified number of houses in Lubong Butao, Calanasan, Apayao on July 26.

The Calanasan Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Office reported the youngest missing person is eight years old while the oldest is 78 years old. It is estimated that the site of the incident is about one kilometer from the main road, making it a challenge for the search and rescue team to move.

The Apayao PDRRMC reported that 1,259 households or 4,380 individuals were affected.

Ifugao did not record any casualties and any untoward incident but the LGU provided family food packs to affected residents.

Bontoc, Mountain Province — Bontoc EOC Photo
Madaymen, Kibungan, Benguet — Ricmar Blast

Abra recorded the highest number of affected households at 46,600, or around 180,163 individuals.

In Bucay, a male victim died after falling from a box culvert and into the river while another cadaver who was a victim of drowning was found in Pilar.

Dozens of individuals were rescued in the flood-prone areas along the Abra River while barangays Bol-lilising, Cal-lao, and Lumaba in Villaviciosa and barangays Palang and Sitio Mausok, Poblacion in San Quintin were isolated due to the flooding.

Abatan, Buguias, Benguet — BFP-CAR photo

The Abra PDRRMC also reported three major and 27 minor landslides.

The DSWD-Cordillera reported as of 12 p.m of July 28, around 1,548 houses were partially damaged and 64 other houses totally damaged.

More than 70 evacuation centers in the region have catered to 1,011 displaced families.

Typhoon Egay, with international name Doksuri, entered the Philippine area of responsibility  on July 25 and exited on July 27.  – Ofelia C. Empian